Monday, November 26, 2012

An Engagement Card for SSSC 172

 Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 172

My son wanted me to make him a couple of engagement cards for friends so I used the SSSC 172 for inspiration.  It's been a while since I played along with one of Karen's sketches and I really liked this one. 

I've enjoyed some time in my craft room today but will have to wait until school reports are finished and numerous other 'end of year' things have been wiped from the 'to do list' before I can venture in there again :(

Project Recipe:
Stamp Set:  Artistic Etchings
Ink:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Black (textured - retired), Natural Composition Specialty DSP, Riding Hood Red
Accessories:  1 3/8", 1 1/4" Square Punches, Small Heart Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits, Rhinestones, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by.  If you need any SU supplies, just drop me an email.

A 50th Birthday Card using a Sketch from the Paper Players

A friend is turning 50 and so I went in search of a good sketch for a simple masculine card.  The Paper Players had a great layout and I was able to use a few new dies and in-colours for the first time.

 Sketch 123

Here's the Project Recipe:
Card Stock:  Sahara Sand, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze
Accessories:  Apothecary Accents Framelits, Comfort Cafe DSP, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Dimensionals. Timeless Type Junior Alphabet and Brads (retired)

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Mum's 75th Birthday Card

My mum turns 75 tomorrow so I made an extra special card for an extra special lady!

I have had a few emails from people wondering whether they had bought the right die to make my little butterfly easel card.  The photos can be deceptive as the smaller butterfly easel card is indeed quite tiny and it makes a great place card or gift card but is way too small to post all on its own.

 So, one idea is to attach it to a 'base'.  I used the Scallop Circle Bigz Die and added two circles for the contrasting layers and then glued my little butterfly easel on top.  There is heaps of room to write a message underneath on the base of the card.  To ensure that the butterfly stays propped up, I attached a sentiment using the edging from a packet of Stampin' Dimensionals.

 Here's the back view.


 Now it's just the right size to pop in the post.

Project Recipe: (All Supplies - Stampin' Up!)
Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners
Ink:  Soft Suede
Card Stock:  Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Bitty Banners Framelits, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Comfort Cafe DSP, Piercing Tool, Dimensionals, Neutral Jumbo Brad (retired)

Please contact me by email if you would like to purchase any of these supplies - 

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Team Christmas Swap

After much indecision, I decided to go with this very CAS design for our team swap on Saturday night.  I have recently re-joined SU and met Sharnee's Team for the first time.  Nine of us ladies had a wonderful time chatting and making the Christmas Ornament that features on the front of the current Holiday Catalogue. I'll post a photo when I've had a chance to complete it.

Thanks, Sharnee and all the girls, for making me feel so welcome and providing me with lots of bits and pieces to make the ornament.  Hope my order arrives soon so I can start making some more Christmas projects.

Snow Swirled Doily Easel Card

If you know me, then you'll know that I love to make easel cards.  This was made from the new Delicate Doilies Sizzlits and it makes a rather cute little Christmas card.

Normally I wouldn't attempt to cut out two thicknesses of card stock (which you need to do for an easel card) using a sizzlits die.  It does, however, manage to cut through two layers of SU's Whisper White - only just!

I cut out the medium sized doily from Pool Party card stock and placed it under the snowflake stamped image (white embossed on vellum), added a rhinestone, some matching seam binding and a glitter brad.

The snowflake and sentiment are both from the Snow Swirled Stamp Set.

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Stampin' Up! have an App

Design and send e-cards directly to those you love.  It's called, Simply Sent and it's FREE.  Click on the button below or ...

 ... go to the App Store and search for, Simply Sent.  Have fun!

What would you like for Christmas?
 For more details, check out my blog post, HERE.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Owl Occasions Christmas Tags

 Owl Occasions Christmas Tags
(made from the Two Tags Die)

I've been fiddling around trying to come up with a Team Christmas Swap with my limited supplies of current SU stock.  I did, however, get the very cute, Owl Occasions Stamp Set and some Comfort Cafe DSP that will pass as 'festive' in my re-starter kit and made this mini pack of tags.  The topper is made from the Oval Accents Die and I have used Cherry Cobbler and Lucky Limeade ink and matching ribbon.

I think I'll try a couple of other ideas and may end up with a variety of swaps as I'm not fond of mass producing the same design.

So, there might be a few other posts that will pop up later in the week if I can find the time to be a bit more adventurous.

Thanks for stopping by.

Candy Cane Holder

Candy Cane Holder from the Two Tags Die

I discovered a cute little candy cane holder on Stampin' Connection made by Cristy Butzen,  You can find the tutorial on her blog, Tinker with Ink.

As I don't have any current Christmas DSP until my order arrives, I used the Snow Swirled Stamp Set instead and added a loop of crochet trim so it can hang on the Christmas tree.  A combination of Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive was used on the Very Vanilla base and an Antique Brad  for a touch of 'vintage'.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

With Sympathy

With Sympathy
(JAI 143 - Colour Challenge)

I needed to make a sympathy card for a friend who's mother passed away at the grand old age of 100 years + 3 days.  She and her hubby went all the way to the USA for the big birthday party but ended up spending most of the time at her mother's bed side, in intensive care, on that special day.


I  already had an idea for a very CAS layout for a sympathy card but I needed some colour inspiration.  I saw the combo at Just Add Ink and thought, why not?

Here's the Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets:  Creative Elements, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
Card Stock:  Tangerine Tango, Sahara Sand, Marina Mist
Accessories:  Square Lattice EF, Basic Pearls, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stamping Sponges, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, November 5, 2012

Freshly Made Baby Boutique

Yay!  At last a card to share, my first since re-joining SU!  I have about 5 cards I need to make and this is the first one to tick off my 'to do list'.  It's a public holiday in Northern Tasmania and I'm enjoying spending time in my craft room today.

 FMS #59

 I scrolled down the list of my favourite challenge blogs and found a great sketch by Cindy at Freshly Made Sketches and then used the Colour Coach to help me decide on the colour combo.

Project Recipe:
Stamp Sets:  Baby Boutique, Itty Bitty Banners
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Perfect Plum
Accessories:  1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Adorning Accents EF and Edgelits, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Victoria Crochet Trim, Paper Piercing Tool, Dimensionals
(Feel free to email me if you would like to order any SU supplies)

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Big Brown Box Arrived

Check out what I chose for my Stampin' Up!® Starter Kit, or in my case, the re-starter kit!  The only things that are missing are the packs of Holiday Catalogues and Recruit Brochures which are on back order.

I'm so glad it is a long weekend in Northern Tasmania and as soon as I have completed the housework, I will heading to my craft room to catch up on some 'me' time after such a busy couple of weeks.  It's been  more than two months since I've really had a chance to spend some quality time in there.  So ... looking forward to it!

I absolutely LOVE the idea of being able to purchase whatever you want for the starter kit and I was able to choose a range of goodies to help me get 'up to speed' with some of the new products that have recently been introduced.  What was even more amazing was the fact that all of this didn't cost me anything as I recently sold 16 retired SU sets on eBay which more than covered the cost of the kit and I still have quite a bit left over to put towards my first order (which I will place NEXT SUNDAY evening, 11th November)

Here's the deal - 

For just $169, you get
  • Your choice of up to $235 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products!
  • A business supply pack valued at $80!.
That's a total value of $315! 

If you are interested in such an awesome offer, I'd love to have you join my new team.  You can click on the following link to start the ball rolling -

Please take the time to read the Demonstrator benefits, click the JOIN NOW button and follow the prompts.  It's that easy!  If you'd like to know more, feel free to email me at - and I can send you the forms you need to post if you would prefer to do it that way.

I couldn't resist the offer and the best bit was that I got to choose a new up-line, my lovely friend, Sharnee.

PS:  Every person that joins up with me will receive a beautiful pendant made from SU DSP (exclusively for my promotion) by my friend, Jill, from Cute as a Button. (retail value $24.95).

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

I'm Back!

If you don't already know, I have just re-joined Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator after a 12 month break from the company.  It's a story and I won't bore you with the details except to say, it has been bit of a journey and I'm happy to be back.

My starter kit (or in my case, the re-starter kit) is a day or two away from arriving on my door step and I can't wait to get back to doing classes and workshops.

SU have got two massive big promotions for the month of November to help 'kick start' my business and I would love to welcome back my 'old' customers as well as new ones.  Just drop me an email if you would like to buy a catalogue ($5), place an order, come and visit for a chat, host a workshop or if you're keen to join in with some of the classes that I hope to have up and running very soon.

But wait ... there's more ... I would love to recruit again and build my own team of stamping enthusiasts - hobbyists or 'business minded'.  Watch out for a special gift offer.

Enough waffling!  Here are the amazing promotions for the month of November -

You can download the catalogues from my side bar and visit my Stampin' Up! web site too.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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